Are you a thrill seeker? Do you like an easy ride around an automated track? Perhaps you adore popcorn and huge swaths of cotton candy.
No matter your speed, North Carolina has an amusement park that delight you.
Next time you’re in the Tar Heel State looking at Charlotte apartments for rent, take a detour for a day of fun at one of these entertainment hubs.
Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, Wilmington
Jungle Rapids is an experience for the whole family, a park with many different areas.
Its water park has a lazy river, wave pool, several types of slides, and a kids splash area.
If you’re not in the mood to get wet, try your hand at mini bowling or jungle golf.
There’s a rock climbing wall, arcade, laser tag area, bumper cars, and a ride called Sky Tower that picks riders up 40 feet before dropping them back to the ground.
Jungle Rapids is a great place to have a birthday party, family trip, or celebrate a special occasion with a large group of people of all ages.
Santa’s Land Fun Park and Zoo, Cherokee
Hanging out with Jolly Old St. Nick isn’t only for December!
At Santa’s Land you’ll celebrate the big man year-round. The park has an opportunity to meet Santa daily.
It also hosts an interactive magic show and has a zoo filled with everything from kangaroos and lemurs to baby black bears and Siberian huskies.
There’s a game room and arcade, as well as a variety of eateries to choose from in the park.
Carowinds has been around for over 45 years and is considered the premier entertainment destination in the state.
There are over 60 rides, a waterpark, Camp Snoopy, live entertainment, and special family events year-round.
There’s also an on-site campground and hotel to make your stay easy and fun.
The park recently launched Aeronautica Landing, an interactive attraction that pays tribute to the state’s history with aviation by inviting pilots of all ages to take flight.
You can rent a private cabana in the Carolina Harbor Waterpark, or catch a live show from local musicians or the gang at Camp Snoopy.
Special events throughout the year include fireworks displays, WinterFest, and The Great Pumpkin Fest.
Boardwalk Amusement Park, Carolina Beach
This is a classic boardwalk entertainment haven, complete with a Ferris wheel, carousel, and variety of arcade games.
It’s often considered one of the best boardwalks in the country. Not only will the family have fun, adults can enjoy after-dark activities through restaurants, bars, and live music.
This family owned-and-operated park is Western-themed.
You can hop aboard a train that runs through the park or ride a high-flying rollercoaster. There’s a full-service restaurant on site as well as picnic areas, a playground, and an arcade.
There’s also mini golf, an ice cream shop, and a banquet hall for private parties.
Deadwood is open year-round and its attractions reflect the seasons. The park transforms into a spooky town for Halloween and the train becomes the Polar Express during winter.